Major League Baseball Midseason Awards: National League
Rookie of the Year: Cody Bellinger
Stats (Through Break): 2.4 WAR, .342 OBP, .619 SLG, 147 OPS+, .261 Average, 25 HR, 58, RBI, .389 WOBA, 145 WRC+
The obvious choice here. When Bellinger was called up April 25, he was supposed to be an emergency replacement. The Dodgers were off to a slow start at 9-11, and regular outfielder Joc Pederson was injured. So, the 21-year-old got the call from Albuquerque to Chavez Ravine, and since then, he has become one of the best players in the National League, and the Dodgers have become the best team in the Senior Circuit.
Bellinger is an unorthodox hitter. He has an odd batting stance and an uppercut swing that little league coaches probably wouldn’t teach. To say that whatever Bellinger is doing is working, however, is an understatement.
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The Dodgers don’t have anything to prove as far as regular season success goes. They’re well on their way to winning the West for the fifth year in a row. All that’s left for LA to do is get to the World Series and win it. If they are able to achieve that, the rookie who is barely old enough to drink will be one of the main reasons why. This kid is good.